Posted on Thursday the 8th March 2018 by Athina Kakou
Can you believe it’s already March? How time flies! I was prepared to start my spring sewing and then one morning we woke up to find the entire town covered in snow (yes, we get snow in Greece as well, haha!) So, instead, I decided to sew a few more warm clothes. After all, let’s be realistic, it will be June until I can wear lovely summer dresses and skirts.
For this month’s Minerva Crafts make I decided to try a pattern that I’ve never made before, the Aldaia Dress by Pauline Alice. I’ve seen so many versions online and people were always raving about it, so it was meant to happen someday. I’ve never seen a pattern like this before. Believe it or not, you can create 27 different dresses out of it, which I find simply amazing! It includes 3 different skirts, 3 different bodices and 3 different sleeve options and each combination looks better that the other.
I won’t lie to you, I had so much trouble deciding which options to choose. At first, I wanted to make the pencil skirt option, but this would make my dress a bit more formal and I wanted to wear it with my black ankle boots instead of heels. After hours of searching other people’s versions on Instagram, I finally opted for bodice B, which is a faux wrap, with long sleeves. For the skirt I went with option C, a paneled skirt that flares quite a bit.
As for my fabric choice, I used a light grey Ponte di Roma Fabric from Minerva Crafts. This was another tough choice, as there are so many lovely colors on their website. I was a tiny bit afraid that the shade might be too light, but when I opened my parcel I knew it would be perfect for this dress. I hate wearing all dark colors in the winter after all and this one is something different, but also really really soft and warm.
I made the Aldaia dress in less than 3 hours, from tracing the pattern to finishing the sewing, so it’s fair to say that it was an easy make. I had no trouble whatsoever, the instructions were flawless and everything was easy to understand. The only change I made was that I lengthened my sleeves and didn’t add a cuff and I also omitted the topstitching at the neckband. The fabric was easy to work with, it pressed well and didn’t stretch at all. I made the entire dress on my overlocker, apart from the back darts and the hemming, for which I used my sewing machine.
When I tried on the dress, I fell in love! I don’t say this often, but it was much much better than I had pictured it. The faux wrap flatters my figure and the skirt is as flared as I like to wear it. Perfect!
Now I can’t wait to make more Aldaia dresses. I have a feeling that my wardrobe will be filled with lots of different versions that I will enjoy wearing.
So, what do you think of my dress? Have you made this pattern before? Which version is your favorite?
Let me know! Happy sewing,Athina